A Performative Collaboration of Science, Technology, Enigneering, ARTS, and Mathematics.

Thursday, Sept 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Harris Theatre, George Mason University


Experience a one-hour multi-media event that marries art and science to bring awareness to the issues of water ecology, land use, and public policy in the American West. Project Director Rick Davis and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Mason present exhibits, seminars and interactive media, as well as a performance which explores the issues first raised in the 1870s by John Wesley Powell, a soldier, ethnologist and director of the United States Geological Survey. Powell’s studies of the Colorado River Basin concluded that the arid West was incapable of supporting substantial human populations at any distance from the main water sources. This production is based on Wallace Stegner’s 1954 book, Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the American West. 

Official Fall For the Book Event 

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra: To Swing Through the Sky

“In Memory of Water.”

The 100th Meridian Project

Conceived by Paul Glenshaw

​October 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Concert Hall

This exciting original work celebrates the spirit of American innovation with narration, dramatic visuals, lively dance and the swinging big-band sound of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. The intertwined histories of America's two most iconic innovations — jazz and aviation — are explored in this special encore performance. Many fascinating points of connection in the history of each invention are revealed through the key innovators, including Louis Armstrong and Charles Lindbergh, Howard Hughes and Duke Ellington, and many others. This multimedia performance features the dazzling jazz musicians of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra led by Artistic Director and alto sax virtuoso, Jim Carroll. Audiences at the Hylton Performing Arts Center were thrilled to enjoy the world premiere of To Swing Through the Sky, and now audiences at the Center can experience this incredible ride.​​​​

Coming Next!

Fall 2016
Art Installation, Center for the Arts Lobby

This collaborative project was created by 12 Mason students in a documentary photography class. “The project is a poetic response to the idea of water and power. It’s a contemporary take on water issues as we see them today,” said George Mason art professor Sue Wrbican, who taught the course.

The project is meant to bring attention to water shortages in the world. Wrbican’s documentary photography class included in-depth discussions about current water issues, such as the one in Flint, Michigan, and its effects on communities and society.

The light boxes are an artistic contribution to the 100th Meridian Project, led by Rick Davis, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The project, which received a 2015 seed grant from Mason’s Provost Office, explores America’s water shortages, scientific evidence and public policy, illuminated through artistic expression.